Mark Allen urges clubs to fix 'only thing holding' Scottish football back

Mark Allen wants clubs to make huge change and help Scottish game

Rangers director of football Mark Allen has urged clubs to think “very seriously” about introducing Colt teams to the league pyramid – and insists it is the “only thing” holding Scottish football back.
Both Rangers and Celtic have long backed calls to introduce Colt teams and pointed to Manchester city boss Pep Guardiola as a big proponent of the idea.

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Allen is adamant Colt teams will allow young players to “have a future” in the game as he pleaded with clubs to review the situation.
“I urge people to think very seriously about this. It’s the only thing holding our game back right now,” Allen said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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“It’s about establishing a playground and understanding that if we do it, our youngsters will have a future in the game.
“Pep is on record saying the problem he has found at Manchester City with the youngsters is the Under-23 league doesn’t test them. He’s come from the Barcelona B model so he has seen it in action.”
The plan to introduce Colt teams has been put forward in a number of ways in recent years – with the latest proposal being voted against by all 20 League One and League Two clubs.

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Getting young players the chance to play regular first-team football is massive for their development and the club must continue to do everything to push to proposals through.
That it is a tried and tested format in every major league on the continent doesn’t seem to hold much water with other Scottish clubs who seem prepared to put their own self-interest ahead of the overall betterment of Scottish football.

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